Saturday, March 2, 2013
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos... Egyptian Artifacts and All That Cool Stuff
I had that same feeling when I read Theodosia and the Serpent of Chaos by R.L. Lafevers. It took me awhile to get into this one, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Theodosia is the daughter of two curator/archeologists for the British Museum of Legends and Antiquities, circa pre-world war one. Theodosia practically lives at the museum, due to her parents odd hours. They have a tendency to get wrapped up in their work and forget about her completely. This is just fine with Theo, who spends most of her time ridding the museum artifacts of their array of curses.
She has her hands full most of the time, her mother bringing back artifacts from Egyptian tombs that positively reek of evil magic. What's worse, Theo is always worried that the curses might infect her parents, who rarely wear gloves. Things get even worse when Theo's mother comes back from a dig with the Heart of Egypt, a particularly cursed object. The artifact turns out to have the ability to bring plague and pestilence down on all of Britain if Theo doesn't step in. The only problem is that she's not the only one after the Heart of Egypt. There are also a suspicious trio of Germans in hot pursuit of the artifact.
I really loved how everything pulled together at the end. Lafevers created an interesting cast of characters that I'm sure come up again in future books, as this is a series. Theo is a plucky heroine, unique for the time period the book is set in, I think this makes her even more likable. If you have girls interested in art, boys interested in curses or even adults interested in another explanation behind World War One, I would recommend this book to any of them. I don't think you ever get too old for an Egyptian curse mystery. Has anyone else read any good books lately?